FlyBondi has received government approval for 85 for domestic and international routes
Official! FlyBondi, Argentina's first low-cost carrier, has received government approval to operate up to 85 on domestic and international routes.
In March I told you about FlyBondi, the first low-cost carrier in Argentina. The company was launched in 2016, but operations will start this year. He presented his operational strategy and the fleet chosen, but awaited the approval of the government of Buenos Aires to implement his plan.
85 of domestic and international routes
These days, the Ministry of Transport of Argentina has approved the start of operations on 85 routes (43 domestic and 42 international), concession made on 15 years.
A fleet of aircraft of the type will be used Boeing 737-800 Next Generation, which will be able to carry up to 189 passengers in a single class. According to the plan, up to 2021, the fleet could be made up of 30 aircraft and the target will be approximately 8 million passengers carried annually.
Currently, the low-cost market is non-existent in Argentina, with the main carriers being Aerolineas Argentina and the military carrier LADE. While neighboring countries have LCC carriers, such as Sky Airlines in Chile and Azul Airlines / GOL in Brazil.
Seeing the opportunity in the Argentine market, Norwegian has shown interest in opening a subsidiary in South America, called Norwegian Air Argentina, with domestic flights to Argentina and international flights to cities such as London, Oslo, Paris and Barcelona. On 22 June, Norwegian has announced the route London - Buenos Aires, which will debut on 14 February 2018.
The current administration has protected the company Aerolineas Argentina from competition in the domestic market, but Mauricio Macri, a presidential candidate, seems open to facilitate competition in the field of aviation.
Flybondi plans to start operations in the last quarter of 2017, hoping to fly in Argentine cities such as Cordoba, Mendoza and Ushuaia, but also in countries in South America, such as Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.